Horn of Africa: Port politics

Date first published: 17/04/2018 Key sectors: infrastructure Key risks: rising tensions; project/license cancellation The Horn of Africa has long been a theatre of instability wracked with internal problems. However in recent months this has been compounded by politicised, strategic Arab involvement. Talks are underway between Somalia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to mend a relationship that reached…

Ones to Watch, 23 April 2018

Americas: Nicaragua to remain at risk of further violent unrest Sectors: all Key Risks: political stability; policy continuity; violent unrest In Nicaragua, the risk of further unrest and associated violence will persist at least over the coming months, despite President Daniel Ortega’s decision on 22 April to cancel controversial social security reforms approved on 16…

Ones to Watch, 16 April 2018

Americas: Cuba to undergo heavily controlled presidential transition Sectors: all Key Risks: political stability; policy continuity In Cuba, 19 April will mark the end of the Castro era. The National Assembly’s 605 lawmakers endorsed in the 11 March one-party vote are expected to elect 57-year old First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel as the communist country’s…

AKE Special Report: Russian Sanctions

6 April’s sanctions on Russia AKE writes regular updates on the impact of sanctions on Russian companies and their affiliates for clients in insurance. click the link below to see our latest report. The latest sanctions on Russia have added Rusal, EN+, and Renova to the Specifically Designated Nationals (SDN) list that prohibits all US persons or…

Nigeira: a decade of Boko Haram?

Date first published: 03/04/2018 Key sectors:all Key risks:terrorism; insurgency In June 2017 Nigeria’s army chief, Tukur Buratai, declared that Boko Haram had been defeated. President Muhammadu Buhari made a similar claim in December 2015. Yet the group continues to conduct regular attacks in Nigeria’s northeast, as well as further afield across the Lake Chad Basin and…